The first thing I asked when I took over as editor of MQR from the estimable Larry Goldstein was: but what about the website? We’ve had for many years a barely functional website, more or less by intention: the goal was to give people a place to get basic information about subscriptions and the like, then get out of the way. We knew we wanted to do more, but we didn’t know exactly what, where, and how.
It’s taken a couple of years to get a website up and running. Actually, it’s been a communal effort, with inspired design work by Anthony Cece, detailed vetting by Vicki Lawrence and Ashley David, and suggestions by our hardworking crew of interns, many of whom are doubtless sick of being coerced by me into responding to Anthony’s latest iteration.
So welcome to the results of our collective efforts. We’ve attempted to present you with a website rich in content, with room for yet more. In addition to selections from the journal, our Features section will include work that doesn’t appear in print. We’ll include additional photographs and other visual material in the Gallery section, and we hope much of it will be work that experiments with forms that only web publication will make possible, perhaps even forms yet to be invented. (At present you can see not only the fine photographs of Iran offered by Christopher Thornton but also the index-card poems on films viewed and re-viewed by Kevin Ferguson.) Ashley David, blogmistress supreme, is editing our own MQR blog, provoking readers as well as writers to comment on issues raised by the articles, stories, and poems we publish. And of course you, dear website reader, are invited always to comment on anything that appears here; I’m interested, not just as an editor, but also as a reader, in what churns other people up. You know something about my taste (militantly eclectic) from the material that appears here—let me know something about yours.
Looking forward to hearing from you,